Victorian Pregnancy & Childbirth: The Untold History

Betwixt The Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society


Victorian Pregnancy & Childbirth: The Untold History

Why did Victorian doctors recommend women to lie still in solitary confinement for days after giving birth? What was the ‘sit up and cough’ method of contraception? (not the most reliable) And what was the level of infant mortality in the 19th century?

Today Kate is Betwixt the Sheets with Jessica Cox to talk about the hidden history of maternal bodies in the Victorian era, everything from fertility and contraception, to labour and child loss.

You can find out more about Jessica’s book here.

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